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Monday, June 25, 2001

Y2K Patch

Microsoft's Excel Y2K Updater for Office 98 fixed some problems with displaying four-digit centuries. Ironically, the software suite's title Office 98 remained non-Y2K compliant.

Monday, June 18, 2001

Standard with Every Mac

Steve Jobs always has a surprise up his sleeve. "One more thing ...", he'll announce, just when you thought his Macworld Expo keynote speech was done. Last year at Macworld Expo NYC 2000 it was a Pro Keyboard and optical mouse shipping standard with every Mac. What will it be this year? Your guess is as good as mine.

Monday, June 11, 2001

Flashing Question Mark

If you own a Mac, you've seen the Flashing Question Mark. That little blinking floppy disk and question mark appear when the startup disk is damaged or missing, which often means you've lost all your data. In which case, instead of a flashing '?', I think Apple should have utilized the flashing '!@&*#%#'

Monday, June 4, 2001


I remember my first time calling a 1-800 Mac shop. With my parents' credit card clutched in sweaty palms, I nervously waited for Jennifer, the sexy operator on the cover of the magazine, to answer the phone. 

"Tell me what you'd like," she purred, sending shivers down my spine. 

Overwhelmed with excitement, my breathing became increasingly heavy. I deepened my voice in a vain attempt to disguise my pubescence and spoke, "This is my first time." 

Jennifer replied, "That's okay, I can do all the talking. How would you like a nice new iMac? Would you like that? Yeah, I bet you'd like that." 

It felt awkward at first, but as time went by I was able to relax. I lost myself to Jennifer's reassuring voice, and in the end I was able to fulfill my order. That phone call ended up costing me $1,200, but it was worth every cent!
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